Former Arsenal and Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky has announced his retirement, after enjoying a long-lasting professional career
The 37-year-old former Czech Republic international claimed he has been unable to keep up physically with the level of the professional game and has decided to end what has been an illustrious career, GOAL reports.
The former Gunners midfielder managed to win titles with each of his clubs including Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Sparta Prague. He started and ended his pro career at Sparta, after playing 18 years.
In addition, he has featured 105 times for his nation’s best XI, which is the third most in history, as he is only behind all-time leader Petr Cech, and second-placed Karel Poborsky. He announced his retirement during the week, admitting his body is not ready for what football requires.
“After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what professional football requires,” Rosicky announced at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most,” he added.
Rosicky moved back to Sparta in August last year, after spending 10 seasons with Arsenal, where he played only 170 games due to multiple injuries. However, he will be best remembered for the decade he spent with the Gunners, where he scored 19 goals, was a key midfielder when he was healthy, and managed to win two FA Cups.
During his time in the Bundesliga, Rosicky went on to win the league title with Dortmund back in the 2001-2002 season, after he moved there from Prague. During his time at Sparta, the former Czech international added to his trophy list, and won the domestic league title twice.